Monday, May 27, 2024

Sting Sells Song Catalog Including Police and Solo Songs to Universal Music in Deal Worth $300 Million


Sting has joined the likes of other superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in the big Song Publishing Sweepstakes.

The erudite rocker has sold the rights to his songs to Universal Music in a deal worth $300 million. The  deal covers all the Police hits like “Roxanne” and “Every Breath You Take” as well as his solo hits like “Fragile” and “Fields of Gold.”

Last year, “Every Breath You Take” became the most played song in the world, eclipsing even former record holders “Yesterday” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” In a 2020 interview, Paul McCartney named “Fields of Gold” as the one song he wished he’d written.

Sting remains an active performer and huge draw in the touring world as well. He’s about to go on tour in Europe, followed by a residency in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, and then a big summer tour. His new album, “The Bridge,” included in the deal, is as resonant with great new tunes as ever.

Sting says in a press release: “I am delighted to have Jody[Gerson] and the team at UMPG curate and manage my song catalog. It is absolutely essential to me that my career’s body of work have a home where it is valued and respected—not only to connect with longtime fans in new ways but also to introduce my songs to new audiences, musicians and generations. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with UMG as my label partner, under the watchful guidance of Lucian [Grainge], so it felt natural to unite everything in one trusted home, as I return to the studio, ready for the next chapter.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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